The American Mercury Vol 11, No. 41 May 1927  

Contents: Containing numerous contribitors of fiction and literary review, edited by H. L. Mencken. Also contains five poems by Sherwood Anderson.

Description: New York: Alfred A Knopf, publisher. Volume11, No. 41, May 1927. Stitched bound, decorative dark green wrappers. 128 pp. with advertisement endpapers and 72 pages of advertisements included. Color and b-w advertisements and illustrations. Condition: Outer paper wraps chipped and torn around edges.  Inside foxing on pages present, else no writing, tears, marks or notes. Some dampstaining to edges of pages toward the back advertisement section. Still tightly bound, including tight cover.

Background: The American Mercury was founded in 1924 as the brainchild of H. L. Mencken and drama critic George Jean Nathan. The magazine featured writing by some of the most important writers in the United States through the 1920s and 1930s, including Eugene O'Neill, Carl Sandburg, William Faulkner, Sinclair Lewis, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Langston Hughes, Albert Jay Nock, W.E.B. Du Bois, W. J. Cash, James Weldon Johnson, Conrad Aiken, Sherwood Anderson, Edgar Lee Masters, John Fante, William Saroyan, Albert Halper, Nathan, providing theater criticism, and Mencken himself, his regular contributions being limited to "Editorial Notes" and "The Library," the latter being book reviews masquing social critique, placed at the back of each volume. The magazine published others, from newspapermen and academics to convicts and taxi drivers, but its primary emphasis soon became non-fiction and usually satirical essays; its "Americana" section--containing items clipped from newspapers and other magazines nationwide--became a much-imitated feature, and Mencken further spiced the package with aphorisms printed in the magazine's margins whenever space allowed.  (Taken from Wikipedia).


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